Shopping

  • Mon, Jul 30
    The Block Island Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays at Legion Park and Wednesdays at Spring House Garden, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. You will find a collection of fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, local honey, sea salt, island artwork, handmade jewelry, pottery, kombucha, lemonade, pickles, and even dog...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    It is no secret that Block Island offers a slower pace of life — there are no stoplights anywhere on the island and its untouched beaches and spectacular sunsets are a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Stepping off the ferry you are instantly submerged into the Old Harbor...
  • Fri, Sep 1
    September Shopping
  • Fri, Sep 2
    The invitation arrived months ago. The excitement did as well. Finally, the time has arrived, a Block Island wedding awaits! Coming to Block Island for a wedding is an added element for wedding guests. Based the location you are likely spending an evening (or more likely two) on the island. But...
  • Sun, Jul 31
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    Weddings have become a booming business on Block Island, and the number of events being held here is only growing. Melissa Sitbon Philip comes to Block Island every summer to create floral arrangements for some of these brides through her current business Painted Rock Designs, which was named in...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    “If you like ice cream, you’ll love gelato,” the sign reads at Mia’s Gelateria on Water Street. The shop is familiar, but the name is new. Mia Doyon has taken over ownership of the shop and is proud to have her name on it. For the past eight summers, Doyon, 19, worked in the shop when it was known...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Block Island Farmers’ Market gives the community a chance to peruse and shop some of the island’s most unique offerings. The routine of the tradition and the relationships it kindles is why I enjoy it. To me a tradition is something I can return to again and again...
  • Sun, Jul 3
    For vendors, the Farmer's Market begins long before the 9 a.m. bell rings. Up with the sun, we have to pack our cars full of goods and head down to the market an hour ahead of time, even if we were up late the night before finishing last touches.  Once there, cars back carefully into the vendors...
  • Tue, Jun 28
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    There's a new business to help care for our four-footed, drooling friends on Block Island. Mutt Hut is run by Meg Vitacco and Josh Maldonado and of course their dog Radar. The idea for the business came after the humans discovered that it was difficult for them to find high quality dog food without...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Whether you live on Block Island or are planning a visit, some “can’t miss” dates for your calendar are June 12 through June 17. Beginning with the 1st Annual “Bite of Block Island” food show on June 12, combined with Restaurant Week running from June 12 to June 17, you’ll find plenty for everyone...
  • 25th Anniversary
    Wed, Nov 26
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Holiday Shopping Stroll, a three-day event that will have some 30 stores and art galleries decorating their windows and opening their doors for a unique Block Island shopping experience — one that often comes with a cup of hot cider, cocoa and a...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    The path to the North Light Fibers mill, store and farm is marked by the sight of exotic animals from Abrams Animal Farm in the periphery: the cool stare of the caged lemur, a llama eating kibble from a child’s hand, even kangaroos and a giant tortoise stand by. Walk past these animals and through...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    Some say going to Block Island is like stepping back in time. Stepping into Red Right Return on Dodge Street is like taking a second step back. There’s no signage indicating “Antiques Store” but that seems to be how people describe it. “I’m at the antiques store” is an oft uttered phrase into cell...
  • Beach Reads
    Tue, Sep 2
    All summer long people come into the store to tell me how good certain books are, to tell me I simply must read this or that. But summer on the island is so (happily!) busy for island shopkeepers that I don’t get around to reading most of these recommended books until winter. Winter on the island,...
  • Cottage Industry
    Tue, Sep 2
    The beauty of Block Island can be as arresting as a siren’s call: rolling hills, salty air, the resplendent smell of Rosa rugosa. It’s no surprise then how...
  • Thu, Jul 31
    A look at some of this summer’s most popular reads, fiction and non-fiction, adult and young adult, from Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound Bookstore. We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride This is my favorite book of the summer. Four narrators tell a story set in...
  • Tue, Jul 1
    The Not New Boutique is a signature island rummage sale event. It used to run once or twice a summer, now it is open every Wednesday through the tourist season. For weeks ahead of its opening date, we year-rounders search through our closets for clothing we no longer can use and then drop it into a...
  • Mon, Jun 9
    Cindy Lasser, owner of Island Bound bookstore, shares a few books she thinks would be perfect for your summer beach bags. For adults The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin A charming and quick read about selling books and finding love, this novel takes place in an adorable independent...
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  • Mon, Feb 24
    The brightly-colored sign on the storefront reads “North Light Fibers,” the lettering sandwiched between two rows of yarn rolled into round bundles. As you step across the threshold, you enter another realm, a world of fiber: jewel-toned skeins of oh-so-soft alpaca yarn, neatly tucked onto shelves...
  • Tue, Dec 3
    The day I went with Chris Littlefield of Littlefield Bee Farm to check for honey was slightly overcast, with thin clouds creating a white haze over the sun. It was incredibly hot, and I watched impressed as Chris used tape to bind the cuffs of his bee suit tightly to his wrists and emerged from the...
  • Sun, Sep 1
    Almost hidden behind St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street sits a small cedar-shingled shed-like building bearing a plaque in memory of Joseph and Katherine Tucker, its former owners. The sign calls it the “Cow Barn Property,” but today it is better known as the Not New Boutique. Every...
  • Thu, Aug 1
    The first thing people usually say when I tell them I work in a fish market goes something like, “Wow you must smell like fish all the time!” The funny thing is, particularly on Block Island, this comment is hardly true. Fortunately enough for me, I work at a high-volume fish market with lots of...
  • Mon, Jun 3
    In a flurry of last minute sprucing and in the midst of mounting artists’ work, excitement builds among the artist-members of Block Island’s iconic Spring Street Gallery (SSG), as they prepare to open the doors to its thirty-second season . Having set up a Facebook page and with a website under...